Randomdata was invited again to join this years Hack in The Box' commsec village.
This years Commsec village consisted out of various hackerspaces but also some other communities like OWASP Netherlands, OHM2013 and Nikhef.
A wide range of hardware was available in the villages including 3D printers, Alarm systems, Old computers, LED's, OWASP rockets (grr!) and much, much more.
On the media side the Commsec village was a popular place to take photos, also the Dutch television was enjoying the hacky environment. HITB came in the news a lot with subjects but of course most media was interested in "old DDOS news", I'm glad we could convince them there where better subjects! You can find items on CNN, RTL Nieuws, Nieuwsuur but also the newspapers/sites had more then average attention for all the hackers.
The CTF was inspired by the game Pole position, the title was PWN position and the scoreboard was a racetrack!
One of the challenges at the CTF was supplied by Randomdata, we used one of the wireless alarms where we added a wireless sniffer and transmitter to. The challenge was to sniff the wireless signal, decode the pulses and find the "code" of the system. The easiest was to check the Randomdata wiki but the alarm was "anonymous" so it wasn't that easy. Second way was to sniff a "on" and "off" code, compare them and BOOM!
There were a lot of great talks this year; talks about aircraft hacking, failing customs, how Canon cameras can be used as spycams, and of course great keynotes!
For The Netherlands there where some hi-impact ones too:
*Wilco Baan Hofman, a friend of Randomdata and Bitlair member, was presenting a talk about alarm protocols (remember HITR2NDB?)
*Blasty presented a leak in KPN routers, I do have to say they fixed it fast and I liked their response :-)
You can find a copy of the slides at the
All in all another great HITB conference, let's hope 2014 will bring one as well!
On the 8th of this month it was time again for a real Hack In The Random 2600 NL Data box, the joined forces between Randomdata, Hack In The Box and 2600NL. 30 Invited attendees were able to gain the latest 1337 information from a great list of speakers. ...
The opening was done by DrWhax and Fish_ (who else :), announcing the future activities and wrapping up the last 10 months. For starters there was an update on Video Surveillance by Dave van der Poel, a nice overview about the current activities and possibilities on video surveillance. For the most of us it was, yet again, an acknowledgement of technology which can do more, gather more information and, if used wrong, be a dangerous tool for privacy. Next talk was done By Wilco Baan Hofman, he played enough with the SIA-HS alarm IP transmit protocol and cracked it, well, cracked... let's call it XOR. Next up was the coffee break and a lot of Clubmate clips where 3D printed so nobody lost his own bottle of Mate. Fresh and mate'd up, we started the live hookup of Spacenet of Randomdata by AK47. And, of course, it worked out of the box. After that it was time for some more heavy "shit", Blasty compiled a nice story of patching of binaries in memory. He didn't took the most easiest one. No, no, he had chosen a little nightmare called openssh. It worked out in a successful acceptance of his Pub key in the deamon, impressive stuff if you know what kind of hacks he needed. To finish the heavy stuff Aczid had a nice story about ELF binary debugging and anti-debugging, let's bring /proc/ a bit in to confusion! :D
To close the event we asked Winn Schwartau to give us a nice, inspiring talk, one of his main messages I remembered is about putting the right guy on the job. We (the people's) are often making the big mistake of putting a guy/girl on the job who fit the company profile, but what if he/she is autistic? Or has ADHD? No, we should first think about the quality and not focus on how strange somebody is. And let's be honest, aren't we all a bit strange? :D
As some of you know, a lot of Randomdata people are involved with the organization of HITB in Amsterdam.
Same this year, the Amsterdam 2012 edition in the Okura Hotel For a grand total of 5 days the hotel was pwnd by the hackers of Hack In The Box. The first 3 days were training and conference setup, the last (but not least) 2 days was the full-blown conference.
The Commsec playground/village
One of the activities was the HITB Commsec village where hackerspaces from The Netherlands and Belgium, and their community, were representing themselves:
We, as Randomdata, brought in Blinky (of course!) but also showed a demo set of how to sniff "in" hardware and how to start reverse-engineering on hardware. We showed the attendees how easy it is to reverse a media box just by looking into it, do some analyses on the pin-out and just hookup a TTL cable.
A nice overview of the atmosphere of the Commsec area:
Also the Commsec challenge was part of the activities for the hackerspaces this year, Randomdata decided to support the challenge instead of attending due to our 31337 coder named [com]buster, who is a bit too expert on the challenge subject. The challange was sponsored by Microsoft and they brought in Kinect sets to play around with. The hackerspaces had the challenge to create a software interface for the Kinect set so you could create words, sentences and phrases with your body. Finally, at the end of the conference, 3 spaces where left with a working POC, (even one on Linux with freshly written drivers!) and fight for the price of the year, a cheque of 1000 euros!
On the 26th of November the groups 2600NL, HITB NL and Randomdata organized a mini event called "Hack in The Random 2600 NL Data Box". This name was born during HAR2009 as a joint forces between these groups. Early morning Hack in The Box 0xc0ffee, pancakes, blinky, the "uber-tent", chatting and discussions where shared within the village.
As a result of this village a lot of different happenings where born, also this mini event.
The event was a success, 26 hackers came over to listen to other hackers their talks (http://hackintherandom2600nldatabox.nl/2011/agenda.php). Between the talks we had time to chat and have some 0xc0ffee and NOMs.
If you are curios about the talks, this is the place to go with video of al the presentations.
Some pics can be found over here
Since Har2009, a hackerfestival/conference in the Netherlands, our little hackerspace in Utrecht, RandomData, has been quite close with the guys from Hack in the Box. I have to admit that I'd never heard of this security group from Malaysia back then. We were talking about the conferences that they were giving in different places around the world and about them willing to come to The Netherlands for their next conference. We were all excited.
In 2010 the fist HiTB conference was an actual happening. Lots of guys from the hackerspace community, 2600nl and other friends of Randomdata+Hack in the Box joined up as volunteers to make this an experience to remember. For hackerspaces, there was a special area of the conference to set-up and show off your projects which was visited by a dozen of people who had nothing to do with the con, but who were just interested. Of course, with every start of something, we ran into some minor problems but in the end, it was a successful conference. They would continue to host conferences in Amsterdam.
Months of preparation it took the guys from HiTB and the volunteers to get the conference of 2011 set up. This year a lot of guys from the Dutch hackerspace community volunteered to make this another unforgettable experience. Because the guys behind HiTB and HiTB.nl saw how enthusiastic the hackerspaces scene was, this year they turned it up a notch. There was an actual hackerspace challenge, sponsored by ITQ. No space knew what it was about or what to bring. After social engineering a bit, I found out that we were going to play with Lego! Too bad my skillz aren't that good, or I would've been able to found out more. Spaces from our neighbouring countries entered the challenge as well hailing from Belgium and France.
The challenge was awesome, to say the least. We were to play with Lego NXT(c) \o/. The challenge was to build a robot of some kind, using only the bits provided and the things that you brought with you to the conference. It was not allowed to go out and buy stuff, only allowed to hack the stuff you had with you to build "extras". The ITQ stand had something which resembled a battleground, at least - that's what we made of it. But after explanation of the challenge, the objective was that you would program your robot so that it would automatically drive to a light, which was placed on one of the four corners of the "battlefield". The first one to arrive would gain a point and this with a time limit of a few minutes. You could gain extra points by obstructing the opposing robot and having nice code or a cool looking robot.
Because RandomData and HiTB are so close, all our members kinda volunteered for the con so it was a small problem to actually get guys to show off our (amazing and oh-so-many) projects. Good thing [com]buster was able to get time off work and was glad to join myself with the showing-off, who is an excellent coder where as I am horrible at it.
The building of the our robot, it was lots of fun and good experience. It was cool to see what path our hackerspace friends took, some started with the basics, others thought that the language provided by Lego was inferior and started by making the NXT brick speak a different language. I saw another space who just started to build a dragon out of it. Our road was less spectacular. We just wanted to get the robot working with all the different sensors so it would be able to compete in the challenge, then worry about arming ourselves for the obstruction bonus points. The challenge had certain hours to build, only five on the first day and three on the second.
At the end of the second day every space had a working robot out and proudly set them ready to play in the challenge. At this point, we found that our robot was actually doing very well. We saw that some robots were using sensors for the black lines at the end of the field, so they would know where to stop. Fifteen minutes before the start of the challenge we thought up a little idea; To add black markers to the side of our robot which would write on the ground, where ever we went. The idea was good but the lines were too thin. The lines our robot made, the perfection... It could be sold as art! Another idea we had was to build a lightdome on top of our robot. Seeing the objective was too be the first at the light, we thought this might sidetrack some robots. After some soldering and failing, we saw that bitlair (highlight/url) was building a bulldozer-like robot which would pick up anything it would drive against. We added some extra lego-bar protection instead of a lightdome.
After thirty minutes of stealing the show at the conference, the challenge was done. After some quick calculations of the ITQ team, RandomData was pronounced the winner, huzzah! Bitlair and their bulldozer robot came second, I think it was whitespace(0x20) from Gent, Belgium who came third. RandomData takes home a 1000 euro cheque to spend on our space!
Overall, it was a very cool conference and we're all looking forward to next year's event!